Rondo wants to play; MRI is negative

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Rondo wants to play; MRI is negative

WALTHAM MRI results on Rajon Rondo's sore right wrist came back negative, which paves the way for the two-time all-star to potentially play in tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns.

The Celtics are listing Rondo's availability tonight as a game-time decision.

But after Boston's morning shoot-around at their practice facility, Rondo said he was planning to play tonight.

"It gets better everyday," Rondo said of the wrist, which was in a brace. "Hopefully in a couple hours, it'll be better than this."

Treatments have consisted primarily of icing the wrist down, and rest.

While Rondo anticipates playing tonight, the same can not be said for teammates Keyon Dooling and Chris Wilcox.

Dooling has missed the last four games with a right knee injury suffered against Dallas.

"I'm feeling better," said Dooling, who added that he hopes to be ready to play against Washington on Sunday. "My lateral quickness still isn't there, but I'm getting better."

Wilcox has missed the last three games with a calf injury that hasn't progressed as quickly as he was expecting.

"I tried to do a little something, but I don't think I'm ready yet," said Wilcox, who added that he might consider having an MRI performed on the calf if it doesn't improve over the next couple of days. "I can't really explode; my calf is really tight. I can't explode like I want to. I think I need a couple more days to get right."